Afghan, Coalition Force Arrests Taliban Leader

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2012 - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader today in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, military officials reported.

The arrested insurgent leader facilitated the use of homemade explosives and bomb-making materials across Afghan borders into Helmand province.

The security force also detained two suspected insurgents and found explosive residue.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

Afghan and coalition forces today confirmed the death of Taliban leader Faizani during a security operation in Helmand province, Sept. 28. Faizani, also known as Kirahmat or Abdul Wasay, coordinated the movement of Taliban fighters and weapons within northern Helmand province.

Also today, an Afghan and coalition force in Logar province detained several insurgents during a search for an improvised explosive device expert.

In other news from Afghanistan, more than 20 residents of a village in Kandahar province's Maruf district volunteered Oct. 16 to become members of the Afghan Local Police. The Mirokheyl village elders, the Maruf chief of police and the district governor vetted the candidates to help in mitigating insider threats and Taliban infiltration, officials said.

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